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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 2, 2011 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 2-17-80

I always wanted the JGB to be all about Jerry since he never seemed to choose any musicians to challenge him or push the music in different directions,so if that was going to be the case make it's focus Jerry's guitar and vocals.I don't want Nicky Hopkins to be the focal point,I would much rather hear Jerry sing alone than having the chorus spit back at me gospel style,countless times by the over the top back up singers,Melvin Seals was a bore,he played the same solos from day one,and they were not good.John Kahn added nothing but some limp bass noodling,and the drummers were interchangeable time keepers.Therefore I found the October 79'-August 80' lineup to be by far the best JGB music I got to witness,I saw a number of shows and Jerry was just killing it,and while some unfortunate synth sounds aside,Ozzy Ahlers spurred Jerry into some interesting and heady interactions,he was a fine keyboard player.This was a smokin' show Ring,the Positively 4th Street was awesome in it's vocal expression,watching Jerry belt it out was special,Let It Rock just ripped through the audience,the place was bouncing.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 2, 2011 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 2-17-80

Don't get me wrong -- that's a fine performance, and a JGB show is still better than most any other show. But given the choice, I'd rather not have to suffer through another Ahlers Moog solo. It's not so much about the back-up singers to me, but I do enjoy the gospel feel they bring to the music. Ahlers himself said that he didn't particularly enjoy playing with JGB, and evidently the feeling was mutual, as he only lasted about nine months.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 2, 2011 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 2-17-80

No problem snow and rain,just a difference of opinion,I can't speak to the length of his tenure,not being privy to the actual details.I will say that both Jerry and Ozzy seemed to enjoy playing together as I saw them up close in small theaters and gyms maybe 12-15 times.

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Aug 2, 2011 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 2-17-80

It sounds like they did too.